Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Diploma in Management Studies

Program Description

The Diploma in Management Studies program provides you with a broad background in management studies and the option of specializing in a number of business disciplines. Many students who have completed the Certificate in Management Studies complete an 30 additional credits to earn the Diploma in Management Studies.

What Can You Do With This Credential?

This diploma can ladder into the Bachelor of Commerce program.

Laura Moskaluk graduated with a Diploma in Management Studies and changed from her job as a cashier at Save-On-Foods to her current career as an insurance representative.

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

Open admission

A foundation in quantitative courses such as Math 11 (Principles), MATH 0523, or equivalent

To apply for admission to this program, please complete the Program Admission Form.

Residency Requirements

A minimum of 9 TRU credits (distance or on-campus)

Diploma Requirements

Sixty credits total, with a GPA of 2.00 (a grade of C-) or higher in all courses required to complete this credential, as follows:

Core Knowledge Requirements (30 credits)

ACCT 1211, Accounting I (3) or ACCT 2211, Financial Accounting (3)
If you choose ACCT 1211 and plan to specialize in accounting, you must also take ACCT 1221 Accounting II.

ACCT 2251, Management Accounting (3) or MNGT 4711, Decision Analysis (3)
If you are specializing in accounting, you must take ACCT 2251, Management Accounting.

MATH 1091, Business Mathematics (3) or MATH 1101, Finite Mathematics (3)
STAT 1201, Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3)
MNGT 1211, Management Principles and Practices (3)
CMNS 1291, Introduction to Professional Writing (3)
CMNS 1811, Business, Professional and Academic Composition (3)
ECON 1901, Principles of Microeconomics (3)
MKTG 2431, Marketing (3)
MIST 2611, Management Information Systems (3)

Other similar courses may be considered.

Elective Requirements (up to 30 credits)

Courses in managerial studies (ACCT, BBUS, ECON, MATH, MIST, MNGT, STAT), with 15 credits at the 2000-level or higher in the electives; up to 15 credits may be in approved arts and sciences electives or in technical or specialized skills courses appropriate to your coursework and subject to approval

Areas of Specialization

Three optional areas of specialization are available, as follows:


FNCE 2121, Financial Management (3)
BLAW 2911, Commercial Law (3)
ACCT 3201, Intermediate Financial Accounting 1 (3)
ACCT 3211, Intermediate Financial Accounting 2 (3)
ACCT 3221, Income Taxation 1 (3)

Human Resources

HRMN 2821, Human Resource Management (3)
HRMN 3841, Employee and Labour Relations (3)
BBUS 3661, Strategic Human Resource Management

Two courses from the following:

MNGT 2131, Motivation and Productivity (3)
ORGB 2811, Organizational Behaviour (3)
BLAW 2911, Commercial Law (3)


MKTG 3451, Professional Selling (3)
MKTG 3471, Consumer Behaviour (3)
MKTG 3481, Marketing Research (3)
IBUS 3511, International Business (3)
An approved 4000-level MKTG course

Student Responsibility

If you enrol in the Diploma in Management Studies with the intention of laddering into the Bachelor of Commerce, you are encouraged to review that program's requirements before selecting elective courses for the Diploma in Management Studies. This helps to ensure that you minimize the number of additional credits required to complete the Bachelor of Commerce.

Consult with your Program Advisor to ensure that the courses you select are available and appropriate for your program of study and educational goals. Otherwise, you may find that a course does not meet the program requirements and cannot be applied toward that program's credential.


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